Malawi Police IG vows to act swiftly on violent perpetrators: MHRC condemns MCP

Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Rodney Jose has warned that police will not hesitate but to deal with all violent perpetrators as results for the presidential election are yet to be announced.

Jose: We will deal with perpetrators of political violence

Jose said this in reacting to reports that indicates that some alleged Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters more especially in Central Region are attacking innocent people in a politically motivated acts of violence.

“We will act swiftly to bring all perpetrators of violence to book” said  Jose.

Jose cited an example of places like Mponela in Dowa, Nsundwe and Santhe where MCP supporters reportedly acted violently by among other things stoning motorists and barricading roads.

Meanwhile, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has strongly condemned the attacks  and  advised the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leadership to refrain from political violence.

“The commission wishes to condemn such violence in the strongest terms and wishes to advise the MCP leadership to appeal to its followers and supporters to refrain from any form of violence. Importantly, the commission calls upon the MCP leadership to condemn such acts of violence. It must be repeated that peace is a right and a precondition for any sustainable development,” reads the statement by MHRC  as seen by Nyasa Times.

It further reminds the party that the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi encourages peaceful resolution of disputes

But MCP Spokesperson Maurice Munthali has since distanced his party from the alleged acts of violence.

Munthali said MCP is a peaceful party and that it is not involved in any alleged political violence.

“People are very angry out there but to associate that with our party is uncalled for. MCP is a peaceful party and we call for calm among our supporters no matter the outcome of the elections” Munthali is quoted as saying.

On Saturday, alleged supporters of MCP are said to have burned a DPP office in Dowa while earlier that day, others were seen marching in the streets of Lilongwe.

 

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ndangodutsamo
1 year ago

Its all because of APM. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IN DESPAIR BECAUSE HE WANTS TO RETAIN POWER AT ALL COSTS. THE COSTS THAT SHOULDERED BY MALAWIANS. It it was demanding power like APM does I would understand. But what has this gentlemen done for Malawi?. The refrendum and first general elections were conducted with highest integrity. He laid an outstanding development path for this country He ushered us into multiparty politics which we wanted without problems. He let go power. But why does Peter cling so much to power, what has he done to for this country. Those supporting him it’s… Read more »

Chifundo
Chifundo
1 year ago

Which peace is precondition for sustainable development? Malawians we have peace for long time but still we are the poorest nation on Earth…. sometimes we have to fight so that we can change things.

Dr Mtumbuka Chigowo Mkandawire
Dr Mtumbuka Chigowo Mkandawire
1 year ago

Munthali must be deluded and filth just like Chakwera and Rev Nyondo and Chipofya are. Chakwera held a Press Conference advising MCP supporters to go mutiny just when the counting was at 20 or 30%. MCP supporters took him by his words and are causing terror in Dowa, Mchinji, Lilonwge and how can this former Livingstonia GS cum turned politician stoop so low to peddle a silly public lie instead of admitting and turning to his Nyau stooges.

VVVVVVV
VVVVVVV
1 year ago

Acts of violence have been happening and its DPP fueling supporting them.Police being overpowered by cadets,Thanks to Malawi Army for letting DAUSI squised alittle while.Enough is enough

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago

Finye iwe, those are angry people not MCP party, those are Malawians who doesn’t want your Bubu to be their president again.

Israel
Israel
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaitano

So MCP can not be Malawians?

oMachemba
oMachemba
1 year ago

Is this a prelude to the events of three decades ago, when the MCP’s Leader, Ngwazi Kamuzu, ordered “Northerners” to go live and work in their own “home” region? Hope MCP will not go down this path again. If MCP do this, it will be everybody whose ancestry is not from the Center that will be exiled.
oChakwera seems to be incapable of reconciliation, especially after being fairly humbled at the polls. And he may be capable of inciting tribal violence, as nobody including “men” of the collar are not excluded from the potential.

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